Fall Fun in Pittsburgh

Autumn is a great time to be in Pittsburgh.

The air is crisp, the fall foliage is colorful, and there's tons of fun things to do. And, of course, there's Halloween! Happy harvest!

What To Do: On the Water

See the city's hillsides dressed in brilliant hues as you glide along Pittsburgh's three rivers on a Gateway Clipper cruise. A variety of seasonal cruises are offered.

Head to Boo n Brew, Oct. 29, a costume party on the dock at Station Square, which progresses to a Halloween party on the water in the evening (adults only). On board are free psychic and tarot card readings, prizes and music.

Take the kids and set sail on the Halloween Fun sightseeing tour, Oct. 29-30, and enjoy a costume party filled with frightfully friendly characters, lots of prizes and treat bags.

What To Do: In Nature

Head outdoors to one of Pittsburgh's urban parks, managed by Citiparks and Allegheny County for some cool events:

  • Bump in the Night, Oct. 21-22 & 28-29, 7-9 pm, Frick Environmental Center
  • Track & Treat, Oct. 22, 12-3 pm, Bud Harris Cycling Track, Highland Park
  • Campfire Ghost Stories - all at 7pm
    • Oct. 14, Hartwood Acres Mansion
    • Oct. 15, Deer Lakes Park
    • Oct. 21, Harrison Hills Park
    • Oct. 22, White Oak Park
    • Oct. 28, Boyce Park
  • Fall Foliage Walk, Oct. 15, 1-3 pm, Harrison Hills Park Environmental Learning Center
  • Fall Foliage Hike
    • Oct. 15, 2-4 pm, White Oak Park
    • Oct. 30, 2-4 pm, Deer Lakes Park
  • Spooky Night Hike, Oct. 23, 7-9 pm, North Park
  • Punkin Chunkin, Oct. 22, 11 am, Hartwood Acres Park
  • Hoot 'n Howl Hike, Oct. 28, 8-9:30 pm, North Park

Enjoy the brilliant shades of autumn at Phipps Conservatory's Fall Flower Show: Bask in Nature's Bounty, Oct. 15 - Nov. 6. Phipps is an 1893 glasshouse with ever-changing displays, breathtaking seasonal flower shows and exhibits, and gorgeous indoor and outdoor gardens.

What To Do: For Halloween

The Infamous ScareHouse Bunny

There's a lot to scream about at ScareHouse, ranked one of the best haunted houses in America. Located in the Etna neighborhood just 10 minutes from Downtown, the building is more than a hundred years old, adding to the spooky atmosphere. Zombies will follow you. Terrifying creatures will jump out of the darkness. Brave visitors can venture to The Basement to experience high voltage effects, horrifying sights and scream inducing surprises. There's no parking at ScareHouse, but you can park for free at Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium, where a free shuttle makes continuous loops back and forth until midnight. Plan to arrive at the lot 15 minutes before the time listed on your ticket. Open Thursday through Sunday until October 30.

Phantom Fright Nights. Photo Credit: Kennywood Amusement Park

Roller coasters aren't the only thrills that await you at Phantom Fright Nights at Kennywood Park, America's finest traditional amusement park and a National Historic Landmark. The park gets into the spirit of Halloween with the Haunted Ark, Voodoo Bayou, Gory Park, Mortem Manor and Villa of the Vampire. Brace yourself for lots of scary encounters. Several rides and coasters will be open as well. You can visit Phantom Fright Nights on Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 29, 6 pm - 12 am and Sunday Oct. 30, 6-11 pm.

What To Do: For Kids

ZooBoo at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium

If you're looking for a more kid-friendly Halloween activity, head to ZooBoo at Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, one of only six major zoo and aquarium combinations in the country. Venture through the zoo collecting candy, watching animals receive Halloween treats and participating in fun fall activities along the way. There's a not-so-haunted house, a costume contest and a Halloween parade. Bring your own bag to fill with treats throughout the park. Oct. 22-23 and Oct. 29-30, 10 am - 3 pm.

What to do: Halloween Parades

Who doesn't love a parade? Get your whole family dressed up and come celebrate with the neighborhoods of Bloomfield and Brookline as they celebrate the season with a family-friendly Halloween parade! 

  • Bloomfield, Oct. 27, Liberty Avenue
  • Brookline, Oct. 29, Brookline Boulevard